Climate Challenges Harvest 2019 as Grape Quality Delivers the Goods

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One of the – no the – most challenging harvests in his winemaking career, says Neethlingshof cellarmaster De Wet Viljoen of Harvest 2019 on this famous Stellenbosch estate. Neethlingshof has 99ha of vineyards and with its location, facing south-east towards False Bay is recognised as being one of the premier cool-climate estates in the Stellenbosch region.

 

Orange River Cellars Takes Two Top 100 Spots at SA National Wine Challenge

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Orange River Cellars from the Northern Cape put in another domineering performance at a leading South African wine competition, winning seven coveted awards at this year’s Top 100 SA Wines/National Wine Challenge held in Cape Town recently.

 

De Wetshof Estate The Site Chardonnay Bags Top 100 SA Wine Spot

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A commitment to site-specific Chardonnay helped De Wetshof Estate in Robertson achieve Top 100 Wine and Double Platinum status at the recent Top 100 SA/National Wine Challenge Awards. This award went to The Site 2016, one of the five Chardonnays in De Wetshof’s range of wines made from a grape variety the estate helped introduce to the South African wine industry more than three decades ago.

 

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Director to Judge Michelangelo 2019

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Top image: Michel Blanc, director of the Federation des Producteurs de Châteauneuf-du-Pape (FEDCN)

The director of one of the world’s most renowned wine appellations will be joining the team of international judges adjudicating the 23rd Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards in August this year. Michel Blanc, director of the Federation des Producteurs de Châteauneuf-du-Pape (FEDCN), is a welcome addition to this year’s panel of wine experts who will be judging Africa’s largest and most comprehensive drinks competition.

 

Swartland Cabernet Sauvignon alive and well with Org de Rac

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Cabernet Sauvignon is alive and well in the Swartland Wine Region. Org de Rac, the organic wine farm in the Piketberg region, brought home two 90pt scores from the recent Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report, one each for the Org de Rac Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2015 and 2016 vintages.

 

Bidvest Car Rental and Michelangelo Awards team-up

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In the first collaboration of its kind, Bidvest Car Rental has teamed up with the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards to offer instant discounted rates to wine and spirits producers as well as consumers. Bidvest Car Rentals is one of South Africa’s largest car rental companies 120 locations across South Africa, Namibia and Botswana Africa, while Michelangelo is South Africa’s leading drinks competition.

 

Thelema Releases Iconic Rabelais From Legendary 2015 Vintage

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The refined elegance of the Stellenbosch wine region’s cool 2015 vintage comes to the fore in the latest offering of Rabelais, the iconic red wine blend from Thelema Mountain Vineyards. According to Thelema winemaker Rudi Schultz, the Rabelais blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot represents the finest fruit selection and terroir expression from this venerable Stellenbosch estate on the slopes of the renowned Simonsberg.

 

Bidvest Premier Lounge and Michelangelo winning wines and spirits unite to pamper travellers’ taste buds

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The Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards is proud to announce a pioneering and exciting agreement with the Bidvest Premier Lounge Group, which promises to add tangible value to the competition’s annual awards’ medals and trophies.

 

Verdelho Bags 92pt Score for Org de Rac in Alternative Grape Variety Report

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The second Winemag Competition for Alternative Grape Varieties saw Swartland organic producer Org de Rac score 92 points for its Verdelho 2018. This competition, which aims to rate the standard of South African wines made from alternative grape varieties as well as to promote an awareness of their quality and presence, saw 87 wines being entered with Org de Rac achieving the second highest score in the White Wine category. In last year’s inaugural competition, the Org de Rac Roussanne 2017 also scored an enviable 92pts.

 

Renowned New Zealand Winemaker Set to Judge Michelangelo

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Top images: Ben Glover

For this first time since its inception, the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards will welcome a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc expert to its judging panel. Ben Glover from Marlborough, the source of some of the world’s best and most popular Sauvignon Blanc wines, is set to join the panel of international wine adjudicators in August to assess the entries into this year’s Michelangelo Awards.

 
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